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In Memoriam Beth Caldwell, Advocate

by Elissa Malcohn.

Beth Caldwell's death on Nov. 2 stunned and saddened the breast cancer and especially the metastatic breast cancer community, even though she had warned us. "I know a lot of you were hoping there’d be some miracle out of this PET, and this is not easy news to take in," Beth had written in her blog, "The Cult of Perfect Motherhood".

Beth Caldwell

"Watching your friends die is AWFUL. I’ve watched so many friends die, and it’s never been remotely OK. And now, y’all have to watch me die. But, that’s life. It’...

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Examples of how to "Live Your Life...Not Your Cancer"

by GregP_WN.

At WhatNext, we are fond of the quote "Live Your Life....Not Your Cancer". What does that mean exactly? Very simply, it means to not get bogged down in your "cancer life". Cancer is a major part of your life while you're going through it, but it doesn't have to be all of it. Take every chance you get to do some things that are as far away from cancer as you can get. 

Live Your Life Not Your Cancer Banner

We all deserve to have a mind that is free and clear of all negative thoughts, visions of cancer trying to kill us and...

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Please Stop Saying "Call Me if I Can Do Anything"

by GregP_WN.

Very soon after the diagnosis, we start hearing "call me if I can do anything". It's well meant, usually the gut twitch answer or the first thing that comes to mind of those we know. We understand that you mean well, and you probably would offer to help out somehow, if it isn't too much of a burden for you. 

Please Stop Saying Call Me If I Can Do Anything

But what you might not know is, we hear this every day from lots of people. From our closest friends who might actually do something to help, to the distant acquaintance that we...

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8 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

by GregP_WN.

So often people come back from their holidays joking that they need another holiday to recover, well although they may be joking, all too often holidays and travel, in general, are not as relaxing and restoring as we think. This is especially true if you’re burning the candle at both ends while you’re away having fun. Read on and see our 8 tips to stay healthy while traveling. 

8 Ways To Stay Healthy While Traveling

The excitement builds in the days leading up to your travels, leaving your set routine behind for a week or...

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The Hidden Side Effects of Radiation

by GregP_WN.

Radiation is a standard part of treatment for a large group of cancer types. Sometimes combined with chemotherapy, sometimes used on its own, and even sometimes with a mixture of other traditional treatments, surgery, and drugs. There are several hidden side effects that you may or may not be told to expect. Some of them show up quickly, but many wait years to show up. Some can be life threatening. 

Radiation Mask

You will find many people that say radiation was much easier to take than chemotherapy...

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Finding Hidden Blessings in a Cancer Diagnosis

by GregP_WN.

Our Guest Blog Post today is from Pam Arabian, she is a breast cancer survivor and a Voice of Hope Speaker for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life. She describes her experiences of going from a normal day living her life, to living her life with breast cancer, and how she is finding hidden blessings in a cancer diagnosis. 

Pamela Arabian With Son Matt Before Treatment                                           ...

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November Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN.

Great American Smokeout (Always the third Thursday in November: November 16)*
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
National Family Caregiver Month
Neuroendocrine Tumor Day (November 10)
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Great American Smokeout   Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the number one killer of women in the US killing more than breast cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. It is overlooked as the number one killer and overshadowed by breast cancer and the publicity that breast...

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10 Common Relationship Issues During a Cancer Diagnosis

by GregP_WN.

We have a saying in the cancer community, it says "when someone gets cancer, the whole family gets cancer". While relationships can be extremely gratifying, they can also be hard work. A cancer diagnosis can take a toll on your relationship that normal life does not present. If you feel like your relationship is suffering because of your diagnosis, you are not alone. Here are 10 common relationship issues during a cancer diagnosis. 

10 Relationship Issues With Cancer

Please keep in mind that there are solutions...

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How to Find the Right Wig When Cancer Takes Your Hair

by GregP_WN.

Cancer can throw your entire life into disarray. Constant visits to the hospital or doctor’s office can dominate your schedule. Fatigue can sap your energy and leave you unable to enjoy the activities you once did. You and your family may experience stress and anxiety due to uncertainty about your prognosis. This article will help you find the right wig when cancer takes your hair.

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Even your outward appearance can be changed by a cancer diagnosis, especially if you’re one of the...

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Why You Should "Live Like You Were Dying" - If You Have Cancer

by GregP_WN.

The first time I heard this song, I was just a few years out from the final treatments for my second diagnosis of Hodgkins Disease. As I listened to the lyrics I thought how true they are. I was 30 and cancer had already tried to kill me twice. I needed to get past that time and get busy living.

Why You Should Live Like You Were Dying If You Have Cancer

Whether you have just been diagnosed, or in the middle of treatments or in survivorship and moving on with your life, maybe we should take his advice and "live like you were dying". Maybe you should...

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